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FaithNet Newsletter: October 2008

In this issue:

  • Giving Second Chances
  • Access Granted
  • VA Announces $36 Million in Grants for Homeless Programs
  • More Students ‘Searching for Spiritual Meaning’
  • Using Faith to Find the Roots of Addiction
  • Restoration Blues
  • Lutheran Agency’s Dream Housing Changing Lives
  • Study Evaluates Union Mission’s Recovery Program
  • The Zen of Healing

Giving Second Chances

Inter-Faith Ministries unveiled and dedicated a $6.4 million project that’s been in the works for two years. And it’s more than just affordable housing for low income families and those living on the streets, for many it’s a second chance at life. The 40-home addition brings a total of 105 units for Inter-Faith Ministries – many for the homeless and mid to low income families. But nearly half are set aside for people with mental illness who are chronically homeless. Read more...

Access granted

A federal program helps faith-based groups help those fighting substance abuse.

VA Announces $36 Million in Grants for Homeless Programs

The grants are part of VA's continuing efforts to reduce homelessness among veterans. VA has the largest integrated network of homeless assistance programs in the country. In many cities and rural areas, VA social workers and other clinicians working with community and faith-based partners conduct extensive outreach programs, clinical assessments, medical treatments, alcohol and drug abuse counseling and employment assistance.

More Students "Searching for a Spiritual Meaning"

Students at the University of Maryland and around the country are increasingly finding meditation a part of their overall health care, as health care providers learn more about the health and cognitive benefits of meditating. Read more...

Using Faith to Help Find the Roots of Addiction

The founders of Consuming Fire International Ministries in Sarasota, Florida, will soon open a 40-bed center for men seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addictions.

"This will be a clinical as well as spiritual program," Davis said. "The spiritual program is how we get to the story behind the addiction. There's always an underlying problem." Read more...

Restoration Blues: A Revived Buddy Parker Shouts a Message of Faith and Inspiration

Buddy Parker’s story of how his faith changed his perspective on his life and his music, and how he’s now trying to inspire and encourage those facing difficult times.

Lutheran Agency's Dream Housing Changing Lives

The Center for Changing Lives in Minneapolis, opened by the Lutheran Social Service, combines affordable housing with job training, financial services, mental health support, and after-school services for children. Read more...

Study Evaluates Union Mission's Recovery Program

A project funded by the National Christian Foundation and private donors to devise a scientific method to measure the effectiveness of the faith-based content of drug and alcohol recovery programs. The information will be used to develop mission-specific software, help faith-based missions expand or fine-tune programming and provide data that substantiates of their success.

The Zen of Healing

Sacramento State professor Andrew Bein offers a unique approach for mental health care providers using the teachings of Zen Buddhism in his newly released book. Read more...

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